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The Video:

Blaq Poet's new album Tha Blaqprint has the cosign that most rappers would give a limb to have. That co-sign is DJ Premier and in this new short video, his praise to Blaq Poet is front and center stage. The video features Premier talking Tha Blaqprint and he’s so excited about the new album he can’t sit still. Watch and listen as Preemo spins in circles (literally) and discusses Poet’s history in the game and what makes Poet unique. Poet's signature hard-core sound is only one of the many reasons why DJ Premier crafted all but two of the Tha Blaqprint’s beats and made it the debut release on his new label, Year Round Records.

As Premier details in the video, Blaq, a native and current resident of the Queensbridge projects, first made a name for himself in 1987 and has had continued success over the years through work with his group, Screwball, and as a solo artist. After his initial work with Screwball, Blaq released his first solo LP, 2006's Rewind: Deja Screw, and he is looking to follow that success on June 30th with Tha Blaqprint. Featuring the gritty, New York boom-bap sound that Poet and Premier helped pioneer throughout their illustrious careers, the album will serve as a return to hip-hop's original rawsounds.

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The Background:

Blaq Poet, a Queensbridge, NY native, first made a name for himself in 1987, entering his name into the legendary battle of Queens vs. The Bronx with his song "Beat You Down," a scathing attack on KRS-One. Later, honoring a dead friend and namesake, he formed the hardcore rap group Screwball, comprised of other QB spitters Hostyle, Solo, and Poet’s cousin KL. Elsewhere, he appeared on the anthemic LP Nas Presents Queensbridge’s Finest, alongside Jungle and Cormega on “Straight Outta Q.B.” Blaq Poet’s refusal to dilute his subject matter or soften his cadence attracted the interest of rap’s most legendary producer, DJ Premier. Preemo, along with fellow luminaries Pete Rock and Marley Marl, laced Screwball’s Y2K album with Poet’s beloved boom-bap. A second album, Loyalty, would follow the next year, thereafter the Screwed Up compilation in 2004. Premier also lent his sonic signature to Poet’s 2006 solid solo debut, Rewind: Deja Screw. Preemo then inked Blaq Poet to his own Year Round Records label. Blaq Poet's new album, Tha Blaqprint, will be available this spring via Year Round Records via Fat Beats Distribution.


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Tha Blaqprint EPK with DJ Premier:

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